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Full text of "Lincoln's Ellsworth letter : and also the last letter from Colonel Ellsworth to his father and mother"

LINCOLN'S Ellsworth Letter 

MAY 25th, 1861 









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ABRAHAM UNCOLN 

(Meseive No. 35) 



LINCOLN'S 

Ellsworth Letter 



AND ALSO THE LAST LETTER 
FROM COLONEL ELLSWORTH 
TO HIS FATHER AND MOTHER 



Privately Printed 

NEW YORK 

1916 



Foreword. 

ON May 24th, 1861, a month and a half 
after Sumter sunendered and nearly two 
months before the first battle of Bull Run, Pres- 
ident Lincoln's friend. Colonel Ephraim Elmer 
Ellsworth was shot in Alexandria, Virginia, by 
Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House, 
after the impetuous young man had torn down 
a confederate flag from the top of the building. 
His body was taken to the White House and 
lay in state in the East Room. He was the first 
officer killed in the War of the Rebellion. The 
President on the following day wrote a letter of 
sympathy to the sorrowing father and mother. 

Ellsworth was a New York boy. At the 
age of twenty-two he was Adjutant-General of 
the State of Illinois. In 1859 he studied law 
in Lincoln's office in Springfield. He organized 
in Chicago the military company known as 
Ellsworth's Zouaves, and in 1 860 toured the 
country holding competitive drills with various 
military organizations. When Lincoln came to 
Washington Ellsworth accompanied him, and 
in April in New York he organized and, although 
but twenty-four, became the Colonel of the 1 1 th 



New York Infantry, known as the Fire Zouaves, 
as the regiment was recruited principally from 
the Fire Department of New York City. 

This beautiful tribute is perhaps the most 
touching of all the letters written by Lincoln. 
He was writing of a man whom he knew and 
loved. The letter does not reach the lofty tone 
of that to Mrs. Bixby of Boston, or the Gettys- 
burg address, but in the choice of fitting words 
to stricken parents regarding a son and personal 
friend, few letters have ever been written that 
may compare with it. 

By the courtesy of Mr. Judd Stewart, in 
whose notable collection of Lincolniana is the 
original letter, a fac-simile is shown here. 

The photograph of Lincoln is printed di- 
rectly from a negative, believed to be the origi- 
nal, made by C. S. German, in Springfield, 
Illinois, early in I 86 1 , just before the President- 
elect went to Washington. That of Ellsworth 
is printed directly from the original negative 
made by M. B. Brady, probably during the time 
when the Fire Zouaves were being organized. 

Frederick Hill Meserve. 

New York, February 15,1916. 



The Letter 



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E. ELMER ELLSWORTH 

Colonel 11 th N.Y. Infantry 



THE LETTER FROM COLONEL 
ELLSWORTH TO HIS FATHER 
AND MOTHER WRITTEN ON THE 
NIGHT BEFORE HIS DEATH. 







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Twenty -five copies are printed containing 
the fac-simile of the Lincoln letter, and also 
life photographs of Lincoln and Ellsworth, 
and in addition a photographic copy of 
the last letter of Ellsworth to his parents. 

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